The catcher's spot was an albatross for the Rangers in 2019. Behind third base, it is easily the ball club's biggest need over the winter.
The list below includes notable free agents the Rangers could pursue. We will update this list every Tuesday so you can keep track of what players the Rangers have either already signed or are still available.
None of the catchers on the free agent market were given qualifying offers from their incumbent team, so there are no potential draft pick or international bonus pool money losses for signing a free agent catcher this winter.
Yasmani Grandal - signed 4-year, $73 million deal with White Sox
Robinson Chirinos - free agent
Jason Castro - free agent
Travis d’Arnaud - signed 2-year, $16 million deal with Braves
Alex Avila - signed 1-year, $4.25 million deal with Twins
Russell Martin - free agent
Austin Romine - signed 1-year, $4.15 million deal with Tigers
Stephen Vogt - signed 1-year, $3 million contract with Diamondbacks
Martin Maldonado - free agent
Yan Gomes - signed 2-year, $10 million contract with Nationals
Dustin Garneau - signed 1-year, $650K contract with Astros
Francisco Cervelli - free agent
Rene Rivera - free agent
Luke Maile - signed 1-year deal with Pirates
Nick Hundley - free agent
Matt Wieters - free agent
Bryan Holaday - free agent
Drew Butera - free agent
Jonathan Lucroy - free agent
Chris Iannetta - free agent
Wellington Castillo - free agent
Elias Diaz - free agent
The Rangers currently have $3 million invested in Jeff Mathis to go along with Jose Trevino as their tandem behind the plate in 2020. If the right move came along, they may have to eat that $3 million owed to Mathis.
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There are no further updates with the Rangers in the catching free agent market. They are still connected to Robinson Chirinos and Jason Castro, so as long as both of those guys are still on the market, consider the Rangers interested.
After missing on Anthony Rendon, the Rangers made a swap with Cleveland to land two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. Now with the rotation solidified, the Rangers are likely focusing on filling out their need at third base. However, if the terms were right with either Chirinos or Castro, they may go ahead and upgrade catcher while they sort through their options at third base.
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